Editor’s note: Roby Brock, with our content partner Talk Business, wrote this report. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Elvis is back in the building. At least, he’s back in Arkansas’ political conversation.
Elvis. D. Presley of Star City, a write-in candidate for Governor in 2010, tells Talk Business & Politics he’s considering a run for the Fourth Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep. Mike Ross, D-Prescott.
Presley, 45, said he’d like to run as a Democrat and would entertain keeping Ross’ staff intact if he wins.
"I’m looking for party support," Presley says of this year’s run. "I got my name out there last time and had a good response. Think of what we could do."
Presley certainly has some Democratic positions. He’s for universal health care, green jobs, and for controlling the "overspending in Congress."
"All the turmoil, all the wars going on — people need something to get them energized back into politics. We need to let folks know that someone’s listening to them," he said.
Presley is self-employed as an entertainer and also works part-time doing paint and body work on cars and boats in southeast Arkansas.
In 2010, Presley received 66 votes as a write-in candidate for Governor of Arkansas, although counties are not obligated to count all write-in candidates unless their inclusion would alter a race’s outcome. This time around, he’s hoping that party backing, if it materializes, will give him a boost.
State Sen. Gene Jeffress, D-Louann, has also said he’ll seek the Democratic nomination for Congress. Several Republicans have announced for the seat, including last year’s GOP nominee Beth Anne Rankin, Tom Cotton, and Marcus Richmond. Former State Rep. Bobby Tullis, D-Mineral Springs, says he is considering a run as a Republican.
Link to this post later today or Friday for the video interview with Elvis.